Oliver Grüters, General Manager of Boxon GmbH in Willich, Germany, was elected as President of the European Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (EFIBCA) by the Annual General Meeting in Dubai. He succeeds Dr Amir Samadijavan, Greif Flexibles Germany GmbH & Co. KG, who successfully set up EFIBCA as a global organization and attracted many new members.
Oliver Grüters has worked in the flexible intermediate bulk container industry (FIBC) since more than 15 years. Since 2001 he is General Manager of Boxon GmbH in Willich, 2009 he took over the division of "Boxon Bulk global at the Swedish parent company Boxon Group. Since 2006 he is the chairman of the FIBC sector group at the German association for Plastics Packaging and Films, IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V., and also belongs to the IK's executive board. In 2008 he also joined the executive board of the GKV, the German Association of Plastic Convertors.
In his presidency, Oliver Grüters will continue the globalisation process started by his predecessor. At the same time he aims at enhancing the information service for members and further at developing EFIBCA to a global competence center for technical and quality related matters regarding FIBC. This will in particular serve the users of FIBC.
EFIBCA represents the interests of the European manufacturers and traders of FIBCs, also known as "big bags. These flexible industrial containers pack up to 2.5 tons of dry bulk material, including food or hazardous substances. The IK is leading the secretariat in Bad Homburg, Germany.